First African Woman to Win the Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival

French-Senagalese director Mati Diop has become the first black female director to win an award in Cannes’ 72-year history.  Diop took home the Grand Prix – the equivalent of a silver prize – for her film  Atlantics, a Senegalese drama about sexual politics among young migrants.  The 36-year-old had previously said she was a “little sad” to make history as the first woman of African descent to even have a film screened at the festival. “My first feeling to be the first black female director was a little sadness that this only happened today in 2019. I knew it as I obviously don’t know any black women who came here before. I knew it but it’s always a reminder that so much work needs to be done still.”


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